Swimming abs can provide a moderate too intense in an aerobic workout, which will help you to burn your calories and also helps to manage your weight. In general, swimming is helpful for strengthen the muscles in your upper body, core and lower body. Some of the strokes work on the core muscles better than other strokes in swimming. If you need to tone your abdominals, then try to focus on the following two important strokes while swimming.
- Freestyle stroke
- Butterfly stroke
The freestyle stroke is one of the fastest strokes in the competitive swimming strokes. It tones your glutes, abs, shoulders and back, according to the words of Daily Mail. This stroke will combine a scissor kick with an overhead arm pull, in which the two moves are in an alternating rhythm.
The swimmer can face the bottom of the pool as they swim, and turning their heads out of the water only for breathing. When working with the abdominal muscles while swimming freestyle stroke, you can use the core to stabilize your body and keep your torso straight which will help you make a perfect freestyle strokes.
The butterfly stroke also helps to tones the abdominal muscles, chest, arms, triceps as well as the back. This stroke is a combination of a dolphin kick with an overhead arm pull, in which the two arms can move together.
You can use your abdominal muscles to support your torso when you lift your chin above the water to take a breath. When swimming continuously you may feel hard to get oxygen for breathing, for that try to take a breaks in-between the movements.
The calories burned when swimming:
Swimming is one of the best ways for burning your calories. According to the mayoclinic.com research, 1 hour of swimming abs will burn about,
- 511 calories for a 160-lb adult,
- 637 calories for a 200-lb adult
- 763 calories for a 240-lb adult.
According to the “Daily Mail” research, the freestyle stroke can burn about 100 calories for every min, and the butterfly stroke can burn about 150 calories for every 10 min. the longer you spend on swimming and the more intense of your effort, the more calories will burn.
Benefits of swimming:
The aerobic workouts including the swimming labs will provide a variety of health benefits. Minimum of 150 min of aerobic exercise on every week can help you to reduce the risk of
- heart diseases,
- stroke, diabetes,
- Some types of cancers.
According to the research results of Centers for the disease control and prevention, which is known as CDC.
The regular physical activities can also help to improve the energy levels, mood, and quality of the sleep. The swimming workouts will provide a non-weight bearing and nonimpact exercise, which puts less stress on the body bones and joints, than running for 10kms or some of the other high impact workouts done in the gym.